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    Brazilian Ports

    Berth maintenance schedule for grain, iron ore and fertilizer cargoes at main Brazilian Ports.

    Grain berth TPD no.3 in Tubarao will be out of service until 21th October due to scheduled repair works. Loading operations at following iron ore piers in Ponta da Madeira will be unavailable: pier no.4 South until 21th October and pier no.3 North between 23th and 25th October. Export Corridor grain berths no. 213 and 214 at the Port of Paranagua will remain out of service until 30th October due to scheduled maintenance operations. Further renovation activities in Paranagua will be conducted at grain berth no. 212 from 1st until 30th November.

    No port operations or vessel maneuvers will be possible during these periods. Currently, there are no further maintenance works scheduled for grain, iron ore or fertilizer berths for October at Bacarena, Itacoatiara, Itaqui, Ilheus, Imbituba, Fortaleza, Recife, Maceio, Aratu, Vitoria, Santos, Salvador, Santarem, Sao Francisco Do Sul, Porto Alegre, Rio Grande, Pecem, Ponta Ubu, Guaiba Island, Itaguai, Superporto Acu and Porto Sudeste ports. All the ports are currently operational with no closures pending. 

    For more information:
    Wilhelmsen Vitoria at (+55) 27 3225 3616

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    Broome, Australia

    The current situation overview at the Port of Broome.

    Cruise Ship season and Livestock are ending with the approach of cyclone season November 1. Arrival of Prelude and Inpex CPF/FPSO offshore Broome for installation has increased port traffic. Jetty Public walkway has partially reopened after 18 months of refurbishment pleasing local visitors and fishers. Berth Closures for Fender Refurbishment continue 2017. This may affect ships in excess of 150 m, so it is recommended to check with Agents in advance. Revised mooring arrangements are now in place for larger ships (in excess of 180 m).

    Furthermore, the McGowan Government committed $7 million to dredge and make the port safer, as the major problem in Broome is berthing, because of tidal issues and large rocks under-water in the port. 

    For more information:
    Wilhelmsen Broome at (+61) 8 9192 7901

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    Chinese Ports

    The current situation overview at main Chinese iron ore ports.

    Vessel traffic and port operations have been recommenced today, on 19th October 1000 hrs LT at the Port of Tianjin after recent closure due to heavy fog. In addition, both, South and North port channels have been reopened at the CJK ports (Shanghai, Taicang and Nantong) after recent traffic suspension due to high wind speed.

    Bayuquan, Dalian, Tianjin, Jingtang, Caofeidian, Qingdao, Rizhao, Lanshan, Lianyungang, Shanghai, Taicang, Nantong, Beilun, Zhoushan, Xiamen, Kemen Huangpu, Zhanjiang and Fangcheng ports remain fully operational with no iron ore berths closures or pilotage service suspensions pending. Furthermore, there are no rainfalls forecast for today, 19th October at any main Chinese iron ore port. 

    For more information:
    Wilhelmsen Shanghai at (+86) 21 6086 3888

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    Wellington, New Zealand

    The current situation overview at the Port of Wellington.

    Ongoing work to get the port as fully operational as possible after the earthquake continues. CentrePort’s two ship-to-shore cranes are back in action – the first time since last November’s Kaikoura earthquake. Temporary works have allowed the cranes to return to pre-earthquake service levels. This enables more shipping lines to return to Wellington, linking regional businesses with international markets.

    Total trade fell 1.4% from 5.2 million tonnes in the previous financial year to 5.08 million tonnes. While exports continue to improve by 1% year-on-year largely because of strong log exports, the volume of imports fell by 15% compared with 2015-2016 as demand for feed in the agricultural sector weakened significantly. 

    For more information:
    Wilhelmsen Wellington at (+64) 4 473 4460

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    The Turkish Straits

    The passage delays overview at the Turkish Straits for tanker vessels.

    Vessel traffic at the Bosphorus Strait and at the Dardanelles Strait is currently in service with no suspensions pending for both, North bound and South bound passages.

    Estimated delays for panamax, aframax, suezmax tankers: 1-2 days at Dardanelles for Northbound passage; 12-24 hrs at Bosphorus for Northbound passage; 12-24 hrs at Bosphorus for Southbound passage; 2-3 days at Dardanelles for Southbound passage.

    Handysize tankers will be forced to wait approximately 12-24 hrs at Dardanelles for Northbound passage, 12-24 hrs at Bosphorus for Northbound passage, 12-24 hrs at Bosphorus for Southbound passage, 12-24 hrs at Dardanelles for Southbound passage. 

    For more information:
    Wilhelmsen Istanbul at (+90) 216 681 3300